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The Chocolate Lovers Festival, an annual two-day festival held on the first full weekend of February, features activities for all to enjoy. In 2019, the festival will be held Friday, February 1 for Liquid Chocolate only from 6pm-8pm, Saturday, February 2 from 10am to 7pm (see schedule of events for times and locations) and Sunday, February 3 from 12noon to 4pm. Join us for the Taste of Chocolate, the Chocolate Challenge, the ever-popular Kiwanis Chocolate Chip Pancake Breakfast, open houses at historic buildings and much more.
The Chocolate Lovers Festival was developed in 1992 as a joint effort of the City of Fairfax, Central Fairfax Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Fairfax Coalition, Downtown Fairfax Merchants Association and George Mason University. The purpose of the festival was to draw visitors to Old Town Fairfax, to encourage community participation and to foster cooperation among the city government, the business community and local residents.
The first festival was held in February 1993 and continues an annual tradition with "love of chocolate" as a unifying theme. This popular festival continues to attract chocolate lovers from around the country.
The Chocolate Lovers Festival placed 1st among the Best Food Festivals in the Northern Region by the Virginia Living magazine readers. The Chocolate Lovers Festival has placed for Best Food Festival in the Northern Region in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 which is every year Virginia Living has held the survey!
Drawn by local artist Jackie Liedl.
Purchase a valentine for $5. In exchange turn in the inside page for 5 chocolate tasting pogs!
The limited edition valentines cost $5. Each valentine includes a coupon for five
$1 pogs for use at the Taste of Chocolate, which takes place February 3-4, 2018
in Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive.
Valentines can be purchased at:
City Hall, 10455 Armstrong Street: Room 123
(Parks and Recreation Department (703-385-7858);
open from 8:30 am to 5 pm weekdays (except for holidays)
Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center, 10209 Main Street (703-385-8414);
open from 9 am to 5 pm daily (except for holidays)
or from any member of the Independence Day Celebration Committee